Joe Exotic's niece has spoken out about the star of Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness and claimed that all was not was seen in the show.

Chealsi Putman has claimed that 57-year-old Joe was not as caring for his animals than he claimed and has said that in her experience, there was a much darker side to him.

Speaking to DailyMailTV, 31-year-old Chealsi has alleged that Joe's real-life persona is "100 times worse," and she has spoken out as she wants "people to know who the real Joe Exotic is, not the one you've seen on TV."

Joe Exotic used to run Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma before he was sentenced to 22 years in prison for 17 counts of animal cruelty and a murder-for-hire plot to dispose of his nemesis, animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

Joe Exotic is now behind bars after a murder plot was exposed and he was found guilty of animal abuse

Joe has always denied the allegations but his niece has claimed that he froze dead tiger cubs to sell them to taxidermists.

Chealsi, whose mother is Joe's youngest sister, says that Joe was a "good guy and genuinely cared for the animals," but says he changed over time and saw them as just a money-making machine.

She worked for Joe between 1999 and 2017, doing odd jobs for him and she said: "Our relationship was up and down, mainly because I wouldn't put up with his bulls***."

Chealsi claims that Joe sold baby tigers illegally and said: "I've personally witnessed Joe spray a tiger with a fire extinguisher, not out of a safety or for a life saving reason, but because the tiger didn't react the way Joe had wanted it to."

She continued to allege: "He would either take cash under the table for the sale of the tiger or if someone sent a check, it would be made out to another person, or if the money was wired to a store, it would be in another person's name."

Chealsi Putman has made allegations about her uncle, Joe Exotic

Joe has always denied that he acted illegally and that he sold any tiger cubs without proper paperwork.

She then claimed that if a cub died, he would freeze it so that he could sell it to private individuals, who would then have the animals stuffed.

Chealsi alleged: "Over the years there must have been at least 10 tiger cubs that he froze. I have no idea what happened to them, they would just disappear."

Joe has constantly denied that he mistreated the animals.

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